Nigeria’s military fault NGOs on security violation in North East

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Col. Musa Sagir

SOME non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with engagements in the North East of Nigeria, have been accused by the military of violating security and undermining the ongoing counter terrorism operations in the zone.

The Spokesman of the Army, Col. Sagir Musa, Thursday, said the military came to that conclusion following the arrest of a commander of the terrorist group. Boko Haram, Mohammed Modu.

The  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in 2018, the Army leveled the same accusations against certain NGOs in the region.

The Army Spokesman noted that Modu belonged to the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of the terrorist group.

He revealed that according to investigations, Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram was receiving supplies of food and drugs from some NGOs in the region. The Army Colonel described the such logistics support to terrorists, as “serious security breaches.’’

Warning such NGOs to “desist from compromising Nigeria’s national security and war efforts against terrorism,” he advised them to operate in accordance with the procedures of International Humanitarian Laws, as well as the Laws of Armed Conflict.

He said: “The Nigerian Army will no longer tolerate such acts of sabotage inimical to the fight against terrorism by any organisation or agency, and will not hesitate to sanction any such recalcitrant organisation as appropriate.”

“We call on all NGOs and members of humanitarian agencies to keep to their legitimate norms in the discharge of their acclaimed humanitarian duties,” Musa stated.

According to news agency reports, the army in December 2018, suspended the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) from operating in the North-East theatre.

The Fund was accused of ignoring its duty of catering for children and the vulnerable “and engaging in training selected persons for clandestine activities.”

The Military, which had since reversed its decision on UNICEF, warned that it will not tolerate any form of sabotage from individuals, groups or organizations.

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